A single mother, avid eater and caffeine addict, and manager of the Independence Inn in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. At the age of 16, her entire life was changed when she became pregnant and ran away from the home of her controlling parents to make a life of her own.
Aesop Amnesia: Lorelai has a tendency to go back to Christopher at the most inappropriate times. Rory calls her out on it, but she doesn't learn.
Big Eater: It's implied Lorelai eats a lot, and yet remains extremely slender. Other characters comment on this near constantly.
Black Sheep: Of the Gilmore family; getting pregnant young and running away from home will do that.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite her eccentricities, she does a good job running first the Independence Inn and later The Dragonfly Inn
Cool Big Sis: To Rory, despite being actually her mother, not her sister. They are extremely close. At one point, Lorelai regrets she haven't taught her how to drink and handle alcohol when Rory is going for her first spring break at college.
Deadpan Snarker: She's very quick witted, and easily the snarkiest character on the show, even more than Luke.
Doting Parent: Definitely. She thinks her daughter is a paragon of perfection.
Embarrassing Nickname: "Umlauts", which involved Lorelai as a teen, a particularly cold summer day when she fell out of a canoe at summer camp wearing a t-shirt with no bra; the nickname comes from how a certain part of her body resembled said diacritic after coming out of the water.
Feminine Women Can Cook: Lorelai is a career woman and sure as hell can't cook, but she can at least brew up coffee and she's a damn impressive seamstress. She's paired with Luke, a bistro owner who is an excellent cook, and her close friend Sookie is a master chef who occasionally cooks her something.
Genki Girl: Lorelai's perhaps one of the most chipper characters on the show.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: With both Rory and Sookie. Rory is her daughter, her only close family for a really long time when she was not on good terms with her parents. Sookie is her best friend with whom she starts a business.
Mama Bear: Lorelai's laid back for the greater part of the time, but if you hurt Rory...
Motor Mouth: A Gilmore trait. She talks and talks and talks in rapid-fire pace.
Ms. Fanservice: The show rarely passed up opportunities to have Lorelai in sexy outfits and lingerie.
Must Have Caffeine: Lorelai can't function before her morning coffee, and drinks unhealthy amounts of it during the day.
Parental Substitute: For Lane. Lane is Rory's best friend with an extremely strict mother and she must hide her true self from her. Lorelai can offer her advice on stuff she couldn't admit to her mom.
Rebellious Princess: Lorelai became pregnant with Rory at sixteen but chose not to marry the father, Christopher Hayden. Instead, she left her privileged world and moved to Stars Hollow where she became employed at the Independence Inn. There Lorelai progressed from maid to executive manager.
Self Made Woman: Even though she comes from money she ran away from home as an unwed mother, got her first job basically because the inn's owner took pity on her, lived in a tool shed and less than twenty years later owned her own house and was part owner of her own inn.
Womanchild: Her daughter is much more mature than she is.
Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Once her mother agrees with her in something, Lorelai usually begins to self-doubt. One example would be Emily's approval of her daughter desire to terminate Rory's friendship with Bad Boy Jess. Lorelai immediately comes to conclusion that she must've approached the Moral Event Horizon and decides to give Rory more freedom.
Lorelai "Rory" Leigh Gilmore (Alexis Bledel)
Lorelai's teenaged daughter and best friend. A shy and socially awkward bookworm with aspirations to become a journalist. She slowly comes out of her shell and finds herself drawn to the upper class world her mother left behind.
100% Adoration Rating: Her mother and everyone in Stars Hollow seem to think that not loving Rory borders on sort of a terrible crime. To the point where everyone started treating Dean like a delinquent just because he broke up with Rory, without even knowing the reason and what really happened between them.
Character Development: Starts the series as a shy, awkward bookworm who struggles to string two sentences together around boys and generally prefers her own company. Come Season 5, she's actively pursuing Logan.
Cute Bookworm: She's a cute girl and she's never without a book (until she drops out of Yale). Her relationship with Jess stems from a mutual passion for reading.
Dude Magnet: Manages to attract a large number of men throughout the course of the show.
Foreshadowing: Her attraction to "bad boys" arguably shows as early as Tristan. Despite all his advances annoying her greatly, she still warms up to him and by the time he leaves the show, they bid each other a fond goodbye and even sees Rory smiling when Tristan says he'd like to kiss her, "but [Dean] is watching us". Her switch in attitude towards him is especially apparent considering it happens around the same time as Jess is introduced...
Genius Book Club: Rory reads everything, from contemporary literature to criticism to biographies to classics. Nearly every episode has reference to at least one book that she has read, is reading, or is planning on reading.
Has a Type: Played with. Over the course of the series, seems determined to date the baddest boy in the series (so long as he's booksmart). First, she dumps wholesome Dean for Jess; after Jess leaves town, she ends up back with Dean, who is a significantly darker character, given that he's cheating on his wife with Rory; later, she chooses Logan, who is a member of a secret society and a rebel against the wealthy society of his upbringing, over Nice Guy Marty. However, early in the series, what drives her away from Tristan is his Jerk Ass behavior. She's possibly more attracted to charm and wit than 'bad boy' behaviour and book smarts. And the situation with her and Jess seems to be more of a case of Star-Crossed Lovers.
Being told "You don't got it." causes Rory to give up her dreams and drop out of school.
She has a minor one when she doesn't get the Reston Fellowship in the New York Times. As Lorelai tells her, she's used to working hard and getting what she wants, so it's difficult for her to deal with disappointment.
Hypocrite: Has her moments. For example, she's absolutely horrified when she learns that Dean's dropping out of college, and tries to persuade him that no reason is good enough for such an act. Any of those reflections come back to her when she does exactly the same a season later?
Must Have Caffeine: Rory's need for caffeine isn't as extreme as her mother's, but it's there all the same. Fun fact: Alexis Bledel didn't like coffee, so in any scene in which Rory drinks it, she's actually drinking coke.
Nerds Are Sexy: Her option, as there's an episode where Rory is seen sitting in the college cafeteria wearing a t-shirt with the logo, "Reading is Sexy". Considering she wears it while thinking about Logan, the third guy in the series she's attracted to for his intellect, it is a reflection of what she honestly believes.
Parental Favoritism: Emily and Richard have no qualms about spoiling and praising Rory while looking down on Lorelai
Lorelai (to Rory): I'm not sure my father has ever loved anything in the world more than he loves you.
Princess Phase: Rory doesn't want her grandmother to make her into a princess as she thinks of it being something for small children. She honestly did imagine herself as a princess when she was young. At least she has a crush on the prince from the Sleeping Beauty cartoon. She specifically says that it was a long time ago.
Replacement Goldfish: A sore point throughout the series is Emily trying to bring Rory up to be the daughter that Lorelai never turned out to be. This comes to a head when Rory is living with her grandparents and Emily accidentally refers to Richard as Rory's father.
The Unfair Sex: Played with. Lindsay and Dean's moms certainly bear hatred towards her and consider her a homewrecker, and Lorelai chewed her out for simply disregarding Dean's marital status and sleeping with him, as if Lindsay's feelings didn't matter. Luke, on the other hand, goes on and on about how Dean is not worthy of her and was 'unstable' because he got married despite pining for his former girlfriend.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Paris started out as Rory's academic rival but slowly grew to be her close friend and confidant when Rory couldn't confide in her mother or Lane. They still bicker a lot, though.
Wise Beyond Her Years: Played with. She can often be very mature and act as the responsible one in her's and Lorelai's relationship. On the other hand, she can (and often does) act in a very immature manner, as befitting a teenager/young adult (like when she almost didn't change schools to Chilton because of Dean in the first episode). A large part of her character arc is learning to be more than just book smart and becoming "life smart" as well.
Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop)
Lorelai's wealthy and controlling mother with whom she has been estranged with most of her adult life. Emily insists on being involved in her daughter and granddaughter's lives after allowing her to borrow money for Rory's tuition, much to Lorelai's dismay.
Lawful Stupid: Though it's more a case of Emily only seeing things in black and white.
Limited Wardrobe: For a rich woman, Emily sure does wear the same outfits over and over again...or maybe that's just to Friday Night Dinner...
Mama Bear: It's rarely shown, but the times she goes into this mode are the most awesome. When Emily and Richard find out that the reason Rory engaged in reckless behavior that landed her community service, was all because of Mitchum rejecting her internship. Emily and Richard team up to take down both spouses. Emily making Jabs at Shira's weight and Richard telling Mitchum off.
Manipulative Bastard: While no-where near as bad as Emily, Richard does have his moments, especially when he tries to coax Rory into going to Yale.
Momma's Boy: Will even ignore his wife for his mother's needs.
Papa Wolf: It's rarely shown, but the times he goes into this mode are the most awesome. When Emily and Richard find out that the reason Rory engaged in reckless behavior that landed her community service, was all because of Mitchum rejecting her internship. Emily and Richard team up to take down both spouses. Emily making Jabs at Shira's weight and Richard telling Mitchum off.
The owner of the local dinner in Stars Hollow that Lorelai and Rory frequent often. Despite his gruff exterior, he is very dependable. He harbors a crush on Lorelai for most of the series, but they begin a relationship in season 4.
Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Christopher's Veronica for Lorelai's Archie. (Also Betty to Max, Alex, Jason...the list goes on. Safe to say he's seen a lot of Lorelai's boyfriend's pass by).
Big Brother Instinct: Luke will never pass up an opportunity to help the people he cares about. Jess occasionally will poke fun at him for it.
Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs??: Just a small sampling of the jobs he has throughout the series: grocery store clerk, alarm installation tech, inventor of anti-slip bath decals, and real estate agent. It was eventually revealed he isn't changing jobs as often as you'd think, and is maintaining several of them. As a result he has more money in the bank than anyone else in town.
You Look Familiar: Sean Gunn had minor roles in early episodes before he was established as Kirk.
They Do: After a season or two of back-and-forth, she and Jackson tie the knot in the Season 2 finale.
Jackson Belleville (Jackson Douglas)
Stars Hollows's prominent produce man who takes great pride in his work. He begins a relationship with Sookie and the two get married and start a family together.
Beleaguered Bureaucrat: In season 5, Jackson decides to run for town selectman against Taylor, being tired of his obsessiveness, and wins by an overwhelming landslide, . However, Jackson finds that the job is very unfulfilling, so he hands the reins back to Taylor.
Satellite Love Interest: Despite being married to the best friend of one of the leads, Jackson doesn't really get much to do outside of his relationship with Sookie. This is especially evident in later seasons.
A Frenchman with a biting attitude and tongue who works as the concierge at the Independence Inn and later the Dragonfly. Although he is condescending to everyone he comes across, he can't help but admit that Lorelai and Sookie are his friends.
Ambiguously Gay / Camp Straight: Combines camp mannerisms (a love for Celine Dion, impeccable dress, vanity) with occasional assertions of his heterosexuality.
Rory's best friend in Stars Hollow. The two have been inseparable since they met in kindergarten. Lane attempts to be an ordinary American teenager under the watch of her conservative Christian parents.
They Do: Spends a few seasons going back and forth with Zach until they finally wind up married.
Token Minority: Lane and her mother are among the only non-white residents of Stars Hollow.
Virgin in a White Dress: She planned on having sex but when she had the opportunity she surprised herself by saying, "Oh, well, I have to wait until I get married," because the morals her Seventh Day Adventist mother taught her had stuck. She was afraid that she might never get married and have sex but she did.
Mrs. Kim (Emily Kuroda)
The antique shop owner in Stars Hollow and Lane's mother. She is a very conservative Christian and disapproves of most American customs.
Almighty Mom: She scared the crap out of Zach when found out that he'd been 'laying hands' on her little girl. Also most of Lane's peers (Jess is polite to her), and some of the adults, like Lorelai and even Taylor, fear her to varying degrees.
A Stars Hollow high school student who eventually becomes Rory's first boyfriend.
Betty: To Jess's Veronica. Rory later expressed regret about the relationship with Jess to her best friend Lane Kim; saying that, while she was initially attracted to Jess' intellectualism and his "bad boy nature," she had become used to Dean's reliability and affectionate nature.
He was also the Archie to Lindsay's Betty and Rory's Veronica.
Crazy Jealous Guy: Goes over-the-top when he thinks other guys (even Brian) might be interested in Lane.
Guilty Pleasures: In episode 11 of the 4th season, "In the Clamor and the Clangor", it is highly implied that he actually likes *NSYNC and that they are his guilty pleasure. But, he didn't want to admit it and got a little bit defensive when the band teased him about it (they, too, revealed their guilty pleasures — which did not include boy bands or bubblegum pop acts though).
Obstructive Bureaucrat: Seems to take a perverse delight in insisting every rule be followed to a tee, particularly when it irritates others.
Pet the Dog — Taylor realizes just how unpopular he is when Jackson decides to run against him as town selectman. Jackson can't handle the insane amount of pressure and realizes just why Taylor is perfect for the job.
Sitcom Archnemesis: To Luke, who seems to be the only person in Stars Hollow to disapprove and speak out against Taylor's obsessive need to control every aspect of the town.
Teen Pregnancy: She had Jess as a teenager, much like Lorelai and Rory.
TJ (Michael Deluise)
The Ditz: In his later appearances. He wasn't initially presented as a particularly bright guy, but later devolved to someone, whom a construction crew can trick into thinking he's the boss, while sending him off to buy them sandwiches to get him out of the way.
Academic Alpha Bitch: The first time that Rory meets Paris at Chilton, Paris tells her how she's going to be editor of the school paper and valedictorian, ending with, "You'll never catch up. You'll never beat me. This school is my domain and the Franklin is my domain. And don't you ever forget that."
Ascended Extra: Especially after season 1. Originally Paris was only going to be in a few episodes, but Liza Weil really stood out and her role was greatly expanded.
Badass Princess: Paris is born to wealthy parents but she fights to earn everything she gets.
Took a Level in Jerkass: In season 4. Paris was never the nicest person around, but at least in earlier seasons she tended to to abuse people who'd annoyed her or the ones she was feeling threatened by. Granted, those two categories covered most of the population, but at least she used to have reasons. In her freshman year in college, however, she goes to treat her innocent, nice and loving boyfriend like dirt, and not even for a cover for her affair with an older man, but simply because she doesn't even bother to tell Jamie she doesn't want him anymore.
May-December Romance: With college professor Asher Fleming. She seems to have a thing for older men as well, including Richard. Both squick out Rory.
Parental Abandonment: Technically she still has her parents but not only do we never see them neither does she (we do see Paris's mother once played by the mom of Kelly from Beverly Hills 90210, but she's on for less than a minute to lecture her about her acne regimen). They're rarely even in the same country as her and she was functionally raised by her nanny, who attends her graduation with her own family to provide some kind of 'family' support. Later they forget to pay their taxes, leave the country to avoid charges and leave her penniless.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite trading snark with each other, Rory and Paris have become close friends and will stick up for each other. Paris, in a way, becomes Rory's closest confidante during the periods of time when Rory's relationships with her family became strained.
Meet Cute: When buying coffee from the cart at school Rory turns around and drops her change all over the ground. She crouches down. Logan stops to help her pick up the coins and he greets her with, "This would definitely qualify as a cute meet if we hadn't already met."
Rebel Prince: He says that he sees only one door, and feels he's being pushed through it. What he feels he's being pushed into is inheriting the Huntzberger Publishing Company, a national newspaper conglomerate.
Replacement Goldfish: His appearance and behavior, at first at least, might give a feeling that we're seeing a couple of years older Tristan again. Down to having Those Two Guys companions with whom he does stupid things, and ridiculing his the Betty rivals for belonging working class.
Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Doesn't care about breaking rules (or laws) because he is secure that his family's wealth can get him out of any tight spots.
Genius Ditz: Hard to tell. Madeline seems like a complete idiot at times, and yet she's still a Chilton student and apparently does quite well at school (part of the credit goes probably to Paris terrorizing her clique, but still).
Secret Relationship: Somewhat, despite never actually going on a date. Ironically, Henry would probably be the perfect boyfriend for Lane in her mother's eyes, but Lane decides to hide the relationship since she thinks her mother would never approve.
Alpha Bitch: Leader of the Puffs, Chilton's "secret" sorority, and senior class president in season 3, who pits her two enemies, Rory and Paris, against each other and subtly manipulates the student council for personal gains.
Amicably Divorced: For the most part of the series with Lorelai, despite not having been ever married. He eventually does end up being divorced twice, to two different women, both being the mothers of his daughters.
Book Worm: Rory's massive book collection prompts him to steal and annotate her copy of Ginsburg's "Howl" so that he can attempt to actually talk to her. Their mutual love of reading forms the basis of their relationship.
Brilliant, but Lazy: Starts out this way, then puts on this as a facade to hide his overtime shifts at work.
Hilariously Abusive Childhood: When Liz shows up her ditzy nature and bad taste in men is almost entirely played for laughs...never mind that Jess had to grow up with an unstable mother and her string of horrible boyfriends. And yeah, he gets blamed for being bitter about it? Unfortunate Implications anyone?
Love at First Sight: Upon his second return in season 4, he tells Rory that he knew they were "meant to be together" from the first time he saw her. Sadly, Rory has lost her trust in him by this point and rejects him.
Operation Jealousy: The first half of season three. Jess gets himself a blond bimbo solely to infuriate Rory and show her that little does he care about her still being Dean's girlfriend. As soon as Rory and Dean are broken up, the bimbo is out of the picture.
Star-Crossed Lovers: As the show went on, this became the case for him and Rory. Their initial attraction and relationship is plagued by the presence of Dean, the town's disapproval and Jess's own issues. Jess then runs away, leaving Rory heartbroken but later returns to find Rory back with Dean, leaving HIM heartbroken. He then returns again (after fixing himself) as a young adult to find Rory now with Logan and as much of a mess as he was before. After he convinces her to 'fix' her life, they kiss for a final time, only for her to decide to remain with Logan instead, causing Lit fans to lose their final shred of patience with the writers.
Teens Are Short: Part of the trick to convince the audience that he's seventeen was apparently use camera angles to make the 5'10" Milo Ventimiglia look shorter as well as dressing him in over-sized clothing and playing most of his scenes against Scott Patterson and Jared Padalecki, who were both over 6'.
Veronica: To Dean's Betty. Rory later expressed regret about the relationship with Jess to her best friend Lane Kim; saying that, while she was initially attracted to Jess' intellectualism and his "bad boy nature," she had become used to Dean's reliability and affectionate nature.
Missing Mom: Abandons Christopher and Gigi when Gigi is still a toddler. Though later she changes her mind and seeks a contact with her daughter.
Shotgun Wedding: She and Christopher only return to each other and get married because Sherrie discovers she's pregnant. It ends the way you'd expect it to.
Written-In Absence: The show couldn't get Amick to reprise her character in later years, so the 'running away to Paris' plot was created to conveniently allow her to be absent without writing out the character.